from Logan County schools will be brought to the complex for
two-hour-long segments during the day. Home-schooled fifth-grade
students are also invited to attend. The goal of the Children's
Health Fair is to encourage children to learn about health in a way
that allows them to play an active part in the learning process.
More than 25 agencies will be represented at the fair.
children will receive information about such topics as cancer
prevention, exercise, nutrition, hospitals, dental health,
disabilities, drugs and alcohol, emergency services, safety,
personal hygiene, and posture.
The students will once again be going through a Heart Adventure
Challenge Course. Research studies have supported the notion that
children learn best through play experiences. The Elementary Heart
Adventure Challenge Course does just that. What better way to learn
about the most important muscle in the body than to experience going
through it. Students are physically involved while navigating the
blood's pathway through the body.
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This year's competition among the schools focused on the healthy
aspects of walking. A distance walking challenge was given to each
of the participating schools. Classes walking the farthest win
prizes from Lincoln Drug Abuse Resistance Education. D.A.R.E. has
awarded the first-place class a large bag of sports equipment.
Fifth-grade classes will also compete against National Honor
Society students to decide "Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?"
The annual Community Health Fair will be open to the public at
the same location the following day, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 60 organizations will have displays or offer health
screenings. A nominal fee may be assessed for some screenings.
Admission is free.
Questions about the health fair in general or about involving
home-schooled children should be directed to Marcia Dowling at the
Logan County Health Department, 735-2317, or Marcia Greenslate at
the Lincoln Park District, 732-8770, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
[Text from file received from Roy Logan,
Lincoln Park District]